A number of United fans broke into Old Trafford and demonstrated against the ownership of the Glazers family on the pitch ahead of Sunday’s scheduled clash against their bitter rivals. The demonstration did not end there. Fans surrounded the Lowry Hotel, where the United players and staff stay before home matches, letting off red and green smoke bombs and leading Anti-Glazer chants.
The game was of much greater significance for Liverpool than United. The Red Devils have almost secured second spot in the league table, while Liverpool are still outside the top four. It was a do-or-die game for the Reds and now they have to wait for the rescheduled date of the game.
The postponement also meant that Manchester City cannot be the Premier League champions until next week. The Citizens would have retaken the title from Liverpool if the Reds had beaten United yesterday.
United fans voiced their anger in Liverpool game:
The protest against the ownership of the Glazers before the United-Liverpool game was decided last week. The club took measures by increasing the security outside Old Trafford ahead of the game. But that did little to stop the supporters from their protest.
Thousands of supporters gathered outside Old Trafford to protest against the Glazer family. Some of them gained access inside the stadium and entered the pitch, while another group also congregating outside the Lowry Hotel in Salford, delaying the exit of the team’s bus.
United fans have long been opposed to the Glazer ownership due to the significant levels of debt added to the club following their takeover in 2005. The failed attempt by the owners to join the breakaway European Super League fuelled the fan’s animosity in recent weeks. As a result, the fans decided to protest, calling for the Glazers to sell the club.
Former United captain Roy Keane believes that Sunday’s protests were just the start. He said, “The United fans have had enough and they’re doing it because they love the club.”
New Date of the fixture still unknown
The game was to take place at 4:30 pm BST. But the protests delayed the kick-off. And the Premier League made the postponement of the game official by releasing a statement just before 6 pm BST. Their press release said:
“Following the security breach at Old Trafford, the Manchester United vs Liverpool game has ben postponed. This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities. The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance.
We sympathise with the police and stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football. The rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course.”
There was a hint that the game could take place on Monday afternoon. But United would only have two full days to rest before their Europa League semi-final second leg against Roma. Fitting the game before the end of the season could prove challenging for the Premier League officials.